As part of its strategic realignment, Audi is accelerating the transition to e-mobility. Production of its final completely newly developed combustion engine model will start in just four years and beginning in 2026, the premium brand will only release new models onto the global market that are powered purely by electricity.
The manufacturer will be gradually phasing out the production of internal combustion engines until 2033, aiming to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
“Through our innovative strength, we offer individuals sustainable and carbon-neutral mobility options,” said CEO Markus Duesmann. “I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation.”
The exact timing of the combustion engine’s discontinuation at Audi will ultimately be decided by customers and legislation. The company expects to see continued demand in China beyond 2033, which is why there could be a supply of vehicles there with combustion engines manufactured locally. At the same time, Audi will significantly expand its range of all-electric models and by 2025, the brand aims to have more than 20 e-models in its lineup.
“With this roadmap, we are creating the clarity necessary to make a decisive and powerful transition to the electric age,” Mr Duesmann continued. “We’re sending the signal that Audi is ready.”
The expansion of widespread charging infrastructure and renewable energy sources is also crucial for the ramp-up of e-mobility and its acceptance by society and Audi is actively involved in both areas.
The company will also be investing all its efforts in the development of the combustion engine right up to its final discontinuation, further improving existing generations to achieve greater efficiency with major customer benefits. As such, one thing is for sure: “Audi’s last internal combustion engine will be the best we’ve ever built,” Mr Duesmann said.